Printing Methods For DVD and CD

Dec 21, 2011
When it comes to placing data onto a CD or DVD, we often will look for ways in which to clearly label it so the information which it contains is easily identifiable. When these discs are used for private, home use we will often be content with simply writing on the disc itself or making a rough label of some kind. However, when it comes to requiring these discs for our business-especially when we are looking to create multiple CD/DVD duplications, the ways in which these discs are labelled is crucial.

Printing onto discs ourselves is something which can take an excessive amount of time and money and if not done correctly, can result in a badly manufactured product. It is for this reason that many businesses turn to the service of a disc printing company who can help make their CD/DVD printing look professional and effective. In order to print on duplicate discs, the company in question will have designers who use different design software in order to create the layout of the disc. If you have your own design ideas for your disc, they will be able to notify you of what will work best with the size and shape of the disc in order to create the best design for your needs. This part of the design process may also include the packaging for the CD or DVD. There are different methods of printing, but in order to choose the one which will provide you with the best results for your needs, you will need to understand how these different processes work. This will be due to the finish which each type will provide you with which will limit and benefit you in different ways.

Screen printing has been evolved for use in a wide range of applications such as t-shirts and other textiles which is often referred to as silkscreen; however, it is also a technique which is used for printing onto compact discs. The process involves applying a thick layer of ink onto a stencil, scraping the excess ink off and forcing the remaining ink through the holes of the stencil in order to create the image on the surface of the disc. However, although this is a rather simple method of printing, there are some disadvantages which stem from this which can affect the result of your overall design. Due to the thick applications of the ink, fine lines and details can disappear-especially in the case where you have very small lettering. In the instance where you are wishing to place your design on a white background, you will need to take this into account with your design as the colour of a disc is metallic, and not white. Ink will also appear as a different colour on the clear inner hub, the mirror hub and the main surface of the disc-even though the same colour is applied. It is for this reason that the best method of disc printing for your business is likely to be digital printing.

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